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Santa Monica College|Student Services|Counseling|Online Counseling

Online Counseling

Welcome to SMC Online Counseling!

Responses to online counseling inquiries may take as long as 5-7 business days, depending on the amount of requests received. We appreciate your patience!  Please read through all information below before submitting an inquiry.

New and returning SMC students should visit the Welcome Center site for assistance. Likewise, F-1 Visa students should visit the International Education Center site. We strongly encourage you to use the FAQ and search features of this site prior to submitting your questions. Also, please refer to the list below for clarification on the types of questions that are appropriate for online counseling.


Frequently Asked Questions

Counseling      Enrollment      Transfer


Prerequisite Waiver Information

The following courses at SMC require a prerequisite waiver before students can enroll:
All Math courses, English courses, ESL 11A, 11B, 21A, 21B, Chemistry 11, 12, 21, 22, and 24 (non-math prerequisites), Anatomy 1, Microbiology 1, Physiology 3, Biology 21, 22 and 23, Physics 7, 9, 22, 23, 24 (non-math prerequisites)
Note that if you take the SMC assessment exam for Math or English, or the Chemistry 10 challenge exam for Chemistry 11, you may subsequently enroll in the course(s) which correspond(s) with your placement results.
If you completed the prerequisite based on previous college coursework OR an AP exam, please use the link to request a waiver - Waiver Link.
For other courses that include a prerequisite, it is recommended that you be prepared to provide transcript of successful completion of the prerequisite on the first day of class.
Topics Appropriate for Online Inquiries
College procedures and academic policies
Unit Increase
Prerequisites, Co-requisites and Advisories
Transfer Requirements
Associate Degrees and Certificates
General Education (GE) and IGETC


    Topics That Require You Meet With A Counselor
    Personal Counseling
    Academic Plans
    Career Counseling
    Dismissal and Probationary Issues
    Petitions to Graduate
    Evaluation of Non-SMC Transcripts


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    Security/Privacy Message

    SMC strives to safeguard all electronic transactions. However, when using this site, be aware that information transmitted through our Online Counseling services and email correspondence is not encrypted. Additionally, certain inquiries may be referred to other campus Departments and or staff which may be better suited to answer the inquiry. By using this site you agree to the above listed terms.